Apocalypse now

By Guy Somerset In Books

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6th November, 2010
For his first novel, TVNZ US correspondent Tim Wilson didn't exactly make it easy for himself. Their Faces Were Shining is narrated in the first person (tricky enough), in the voice of a woman (trickier still for a male writer). The woman, Hope Paterson, is the middle-aged mother of a teenage daughter and dead son, lives in the American Midwest, and is deeply involved in the Presbyterian Church. Oh yeah, and for good measure the novel is set against a backdrop of the Rapture. You know, the Rapture: when Christians - the dead beneath the ground as well as the living above it - ascend ...

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